The Mostly Jazz Festival is set to return on 29th, 30th June & 1st July 2012 as The Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, The Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival offers a blistering weekend of Jazz, Funk & Soul with a host of household names bringing the party atmosphere back to Moseley Park!
With the success of the festival growing each year, we are delighted to announce that BBC Radio 1’s purveyor of eclectic sounds Gilles Peterson and BBC Radio 6’s Funk & Soul maestro Craig Charles will be returning to compere with the latter curating the line up with some of his favourite acts. They’ll also be jumping behind the decks for sets at the official after show parties as well as DJing in the park!
In 2011, Over 5,000 Jazz, Funk & Soul enthusiasts filled the park to witness the Hammond Legend, Booker T (pictured) close the event in style following epic headline performances from The Cinematic Orchestra & Matthew Herbert Big Band. Further performances came from the likes of Pigbag, Hidden Orchestra, Brandt Brauer Frick, Alice Russell, Smoove & Turrell & Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra.
In 2012.... There will be, once again, two stages side by side at the festival, the second of which will feature up and coming talent. As in 2011, contemporary jazz organisation Birmingham Jazz and Birmingham’s premier jazz & funk parlour The Yardbird will be curating the second stage, whilst Gilles Peterson’s favourite Birmingham promoters Leftfoot will be taking the reins on friday. Each will showcase some of their top acts so expect to see a wealth of emerging sounds.
The line ups for both stages will be announced gradually over the coming months but we can already guarantee some amazing artists for 2012! We’ll also be keeping you updated with further events happening in the build up to the festival!
Tickets for Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul 2012
will be going on sale on 5th December 2011 via www.mostlyjazz.co.uk
. To avoid booking fees there will also be the option to send in a postal form which is now available from the website. Alternatively, you can visit one of our outlets listed on our site to pick up the tickets in person.
We will be announcing the first set of artists on 21st January 2012 at our official launch party at Hare & Hounds featuring Smoove & Turrell
with their six piece live band! Details for this show and how to buy tickets are available at www.mostlyjazz.co.uk
· 2012 Dates - 30th, 31st June & 1st July 2012
· BBC Radio 6 Music’s Craig Charles will be festival compere for the second year. Saturday 30th June will be the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club featuring performances from acts who have been championed on Craig’s radio show.
· BBC Radio 1DJ Gilles Peterson is going to be at the festival on Friday 29th June. Gilles is a well known champion of jazz and world music, top DJ and now also runs Brownswood Recordings, an outlet for his favourite musical discoveries.
· Local to the festival, Warwickshire based Purity Brewing Co.
are again the official sponsor and the festival bars will be stocked with their award winning ales, premium local ciders and exclusive imported lagers. Producing premium ales using only the best natural ingredients, Purity’s UBU, Mad Goose and Pure Gold have been converting people into ale drinking enthusiasts for over five years. For more information on Purity Brewing Co. see www.puritybrewing.com
· 2011 Dates - 1st, 2nd & 3rd July 2012
· 2011 Line Up - Booker T, The Cinematic Orchestra, Gilles Peterson, Matthew Herbert Big Band, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Pigbag, Alice Russell, Brassroots, Smoove & Turrell, Hidden Orchestra, Milestones play “ Kind of Blue”, Matthew Halsall, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra,Brandt Brauer Frick, Manouche , Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra, Alternative Dubstep Orchestra Lluis Matther & Noose, The Steve Tromans Debop Band, Levi French Trio, Birmingham Jazz Ensemble, The Paris 1940’s, The Atlantic Players, Oya Batucada.
· Birmingham’s Moseley Park is a privately owned park run as a charity and is usually only open to key holders. The Mostly Jazz Festival is by the same production team behind Moseley Folk Festival which also takes place in the park in September.